Unfinished Business at Melbourne Museum

Tue 5th December, 2023 – Sun 21st April, 2024
Birrarung Gallery, Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre Melbourne Museum
11 Nicholson St, Carlton VIC 3053
Price: $0–$15 (included with Museum entry)
A new photographic exhibition reveals the stories of 30 First Nations people with lived experience of disability.

A new exhibition at Melbourne Museum, presented by Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre, employs photographic portraits to tell the stories of 30 First Nations people from around Australia with lived experience of disability. Open now and running until Tuesday April 21, 2024, Unfinished Business showcases the work of award-winning human rights social documentarian Belinda Mason Knierim OAM, videography from Dieter Knierim, and cultural collaboration with proud Latja Latja/Narungga man Uncle John Baxter.

The stories told in Unfinished Business are complex and deeply intertwined; examining the ways in which Australia’s socio-political history has resulted in high rates of disability among Aboriginal and Torres Strait communities. Through their involvement in the project, each participant plays a part in the narratives accompanying the portraits, drawing our focus as visitors towards critical issues that impact their everyday lives.

The exhibition coincides with the 24th Session of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and was first presented in 2013 at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. It was also exhibited in New York as part of the 2014 United Nations World Conference on Indigenous Persons, and has been shown all over Australia, on loan from the Australia Museum.

Unfinished Business also features mobility aids on loan from the Brotherhood of St Laurence, intertwined with floral art installations by Alchemy Orange, a botanical design studio led by Yorta Yorta woman Shahn Stewart with Eden Fiske.

Entry is included with general admission to Melbourne Museum. Entrance to Melbourne Museum is free to First Peoples community members. Book your tickets.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are advised that this exhibition contains images and voices of deceased persons.

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